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Old 09-24-2006, 11:13 AM   #1
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howdy all!
I have lived in my 1976 Sovereign for the past 2 1/2 years at a 7000' elevation year round. It's been quite a journey, but it has been worth it! I'm sure the regular airstream issues are just compounded with that long of a winter, but I've been able to work most of them out, with a lot of help from friends.

I have a few problems at the moment, seeningly related to the ancient Univolt, or maybe my battery needs replacing? Not sure how to tell. Electrically clueless.

I look forward to learning from you all!!

thanks,
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Old 09-24-2006, 11:40 AM   #2
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howdy all!
I have lived in my 1976 Sovereign for the past 2 1/2 years at a 7000' elevation year round. It's been quite a journey, but it has been worth it! I'm sure the regular airstream issues are just compounded with that long of a winter, but I've been able to work most of them out, with a lot of help from friends.

I have a few problems at the moment, seeningly related to the ancient Univolt, or maybe my battery needs replacing? Not sure how to tell. Electrically clueless.

I look forward to learning from you all!!

thanks,
J


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You'll need to be a little more specific as to what kind of problems.
Old Univolts served a useful purpose but there are many alternitives to the old "battery boilers". Lets take a look at what is happening.
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Old 09-24-2006, 01:02 PM   #3
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howdy all!
I have lived in my 1976 Sovereign for the past 2 1/2 years at a 7000' elevation year round. It's been quite a journey, but it has been worth it! I'm sure the regular airstream issues are just compounded with that long of a winter, but I've been able to work most of them out, with a lot of help from friends.

I have a few problems at the moment, seeningly related to the ancient Univolt, or maybe my battery needs replacing? Not sure how to tell. Electrically clueless.

I look forward to learning from you all!!

thanks,
J
The easiest is to test each battery cell, with a hydrometer.

A difference of 25 points or more, betwwen the best and worst cell, render that battery "bad" when used with any RV automatic charging system.

A difference of 50 points, is maximum for a car battery, which has a different charging system.

However, if the battery is more than 4 or perhaps 5 years old, you can almost bet that it has gone south.

If the battery tests OK, then you can test the "loaded" Univolt output.

It should not ever exceed 14.2 volts DC. If it does, it will overcharge the battery.

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Old 09-24-2006, 09:49 PM   #4
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Thanks for your quick reply! I did indeed have a bad battery, which for me was a good thing as it's the easiest fix. All is well again in Airstreamland!
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Old 09-25-2006, 10:39 AM   #5
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Andy:
Thanks for your quick reply! I did indeed have a bad battery, which for me was a good thing as it's the easiest fix. All is well again in Airstreamland!
Thanks,
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Ah, for the simple but necessary things in Airstreaming.

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